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Comment: Re: But is it reaslistic? (Score 1) 356

Plague is easily treated today. It's just a bacterium, and it doesn't even spread from person to person without blood exchange. That's like one of the dumbest things I've heard, only interesting because plague once killed many people.

I'd be far more worried about smallpox, an easily created virus that has few people immunized these days.

Comment: Prefacing propaganda with propaganda is bad (Score 1) 300

by bugnuts (#47749285) Attached to: Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

It makes a mockery of the idea of journalistic integrity. The beheading video is billed as an ISIS propaganda piece, so does anyone actually think that adding more propaganda would legitimize it? Methinks not.

There is simply no good from adding corporate enforced! bias, for funding or whatever. The objectionable parts are not the news, nor a beheading. The objectionable part is the context, which includes things like trolls or even auto-starting videos on facebook. I've dropped people for less, for sharing auto-starting gore videos.

Consumers should have a choice to watch or not, Editors should use discretion, Newscasters should add context and background for proper interpretation.

But for all that is holy and truthful, forcing propaganda into news just to be broadcast is the worst idea I've ever heard.

Comment: Re: What's the point? (Score 2) 508

by bugnuts (#47743225) Attached to: If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

A counterexample would be skill levels (3,1,3,3,7) with a median of 3 and mean above 3. In neither of those definitions are half below average, being 1 or 2, and 4.

Simple math would say at least half would be less than or equal to the median.

Of course, simple math rarely works here to quantify except at the extremes. People have different abilities in different areas, and gray matter is plastic. It changes, and even that rate of change matters.

Comment: Re: The real crime here (Score 1) 461

by bugnuts (#47733391) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

It has nothing to do with ownership. It has everything to do with creation and distribution of the new copies.

The copyright holder cannot tell you what you can do with the copies once legally obtained. There is no control of downstream use, barring copying.

It is a monopoly in every sense of the word, and furthermore, that's the correct word to use.

Comment: Re:Actually makes good sense (Score 1) 702

by bugnuts (#47402459) Attached to: TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

At this point, hitting a TSA security line, rather than trying to pass through it, or just skipping that entirely and turning a good, honest, domestically available, AR-15 on a little-league crowd somewhere in Iowa would be at least as scary and way easier...

I concur. Everyone is upset about the imagery from the boston marathon, and it was downright scary. Now imagine if those two people had AR-15s and a backpack full of ammo instead, especially if they started at opposite ends of a block and worked their way in.

The imagery wouldn't be as scary as limbs blown off, but far, far more people would've died.

Philogyny recapitulates erogeny; erogeny recapitulates philogyny.